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Especially, Norwegians and Finns find laws and fines to be too strict with regards to misdemeanors

September 10th, 2018

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Userneeds has asked our panel members in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Ireland what they feel about the laws and fines in their respective country with regards to misdemeanors – and quite many find the laws too strict.

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Ireland are considered to be amongst some of the countries that have the best justice and integrity in the world. However, not everyone is satisfied with the laws and fines when it comes to misdemeanors. In other words, when asked the following question – Do you think the laws and fines are too strict in your country with regards to misdemeanors? – 39 percent of the Norwegian panel members and 35 percent of the Finnish panel members answer either “Yes, to a high degree” or “Yes, to some degree”. In comparison, only 8 percent in Sweden have chosen one of these two categories.

Sweden is thus the country where the most panel members have answered “No” or “No, not at all” to the question. More than 80 percent have chosen one of the two options and Userneeds’ Swedish panel members therefore do not find the laws to be too strict.

In Denmark you find the biggest percentage who find the laws to be neither too strict or too lenient, i.e. 17 percent answer “Either/or” compared to between 7 percent (Ireland) and 14 percent (Norway).

Even though more Norwegian and Finnish panel members find the laws and fines to be too strict in their country compared to the remaining panel members, the majority in each panel, except for Norway, do not think the laws and fines are too harsh with regards to misdemeanors. Between 57 percent (Finland) and 83 percent (Sweden) have answered “No” or “No, not at all”. In Norway the same figure is 47 percent.